Dutee Chand cleared to race following landmark gender case

In a landmark gender case, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has suspended 'hyperandrogenism' rules, allowing Chand to compete for India in the World Athletics Championships in Beijing in August.

The 19-year-old sprinter was banned from competing by the Athletics Federation of India last summer after failing a hormone test that revealed her body produced high levels of naturally occurring testosterone. 

The controversial gender tests were carried out in line with IAAF's guidelines. But the Court of Arbitration for Sport has since suspended 'hyperandrogenism' rules, questioning the validity of testing naturally high testosterone levels in female athletes. There is currently no similar assessment for male athletes.

Chand appealed to CAS after India's athletics body barred her from competition last year, forcing her to miss the Commonwealth Games and Asia Games. At a hearing in March, the Indian champion's legal team argued the ruling was discriminatory and flawed. 

The first athlete to challenge the ruling, Chand refused medical intervention to help make her eligible to compete and chose to question the legal validity of the IAAF's rules rather than undergo treatment.

The regulations were introduced following South African middle-distance runner Caster Semenya's suspension in 2009. Her gender was questioned during the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin but Semenya subsequently returned to the sport, winning an Olympic silver medal at London 2012.

In a statement, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said the new regulations had been adopted 'following a lengthy and comprehensive consultation exercise' with the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The athletics governing body said it would meet the IOC and experts as soon as possible 'to discuss how best to address this interim ruling' which lasts for two years.

'I am very thankful to the judges that they have taken a close look at my case and given the decision in my favour. I have got justice. I am a normal girl,' Chand said.

'When I got to know the judgement - I can't tell you how I felt. I am happy that no-one else will have to hear all the abuse that I had to hear.'